noun \mə-ˈzər-kə, -ˈzr-\

Definition of MAZURKA

:  a Polish folk dance in moderate triple measure
:  music for the mazurka or in its rhythm usually in moderate 34 or 38 time

Variants of MAZURKA

ma·zur·ka also ma·zour·ka \-ˈzr-\

Origin of MAZURKA

Russian, from Polish mazurek, from Mazury Masuria, region of NE Poland
First Known Use: 1818


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Polish folk dance in time for a circle of couples, characterized by stamping feet and clicking heels, traditionally danced to the music of bagpipes. Originating in Masuria (northeastern Poland) in the 16th century, it became popular at the Polish court and spread to Russia and Germany, reaching England and France by the 1830s. The 50 piano mazurkas by Frédéric Chopin reflected and extended the dance's popularity. It had no set figures and allowed improvisation among its more than 50 different steps.


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